Jessica Simpson: Eric "Made Me Pause" TV Show to Propose

Entertainment Nov. 24, 2010 AT 5:01PM
Jessica Simpson: Eric "Made Me Pause" TV Show to Propose Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

Talk about must-see TV: When Eric Johnson asked Jessica Simpson to marry him, she was otherwise engaged...with a juicy episode of NBC's Parenthood.

"I was watching Parenthood at the time," Simpson, 30, said of Johnson's proposal during a SIRIUS XM radio interview for The Morning Mash Up.

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Her ex-NFLer beau, 31, "made me pause it," the singer explains. "I was like, 'It's a really good part in Parenthood…it's an emotional fight right now.'"

"[Eric's] like, 'I know, but I just got to show you something.'"

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Once he finally got her undivided attention, Johnson asked for her hand with a Neil Lane ruby-and-diamond sparkler worth an estimated $150,000. "I was shaking [and] short of breath!" Simpson said of his surprise proposal.

As previously reported, Johnson hid the ring in a shoe in her house and forewarned her parents and sister Ashlee-Simpson Wentz three weeks before popping the question.

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"It was definitely one of those moments where I’ve never felt that way before, ever," the star said in her Morning Mashup chat. "I can't believe all the Simpsons kept a secret."

The interview will air in its entirety on Thursday.

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